Susquehanna Folk Music Society Announces New Season

The Susquehanna Folk Music Society, a folk and traditional arts organization that presents concerts in Harrisburg, York and Camp Hill, announces its 2010-2011 Concert Series. The series will include fifteen concerts showcasing an eclectic mix of folk music styles including Celtic, Old-Time, Blues, Hawaiian Slack Key and contemporary folk music. Forty-four musicians, hailing from Canada, France, Ireland, Scotland, Columbia, and the United States will be featured. Headliners for the series include the seminal Scottish group Battlefield Band, hammered dulcimer wizard John McCutcheon and avant-garde fiddler Darol Anger. Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the series will also showcase three influential American Masters; Irish-American Fiddler Kevin Burke, Prairie Home Companion favorite Greg Brown and Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist Keola Beamer. The Susquehanna Folk Music Society has programmed events in Central Pennsylvania region for over 25 years. During that time they have produced more than 700 events.

The season will open with Celtic Fiddle Fest; a performance that brings together three outstanding traditional fiddlers from different Celtic cultures; Kevin Burke from Ireland, Christian Lemaître from Breton in France and André Brunet from Quebec. Celtic Fiddle Fest will perform 4 pm Sunday, September 26 at the Yorktowne Hotel in York. During the first concert in October Cimarrón will bring authentic Columbian music and dance to the Martin Library in York for a free performance at 11:30 am on Saturday October  2nd. Later that same day French Canadian Claude Méthé will perform with Dentdelion at 7:30 pm at the Camp Hill United Methodist Church (CHUM). Finishing up the month, Darol Anger and The Republic of Strings will bring their cutting edge music to CHUM for a 7:30 concerts to be held on the 31st.

November concerts will begin with an appearance by the Scottish group Battlefield Band. Under their banner “Forward with Scotland’s Past”, Battlefield Band have been performing on the international scene for more than three decades. Their concert, held at CHUM, will be on Saturday, November 6th at 7:30 pm. On November 20th Canadian Singer/Songwriter James Keelaghan will perform at 7:30 Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg. The last concert of 2010 will feature popular Mid-Western Singer/songwriter Greg Brown who will perform at CHUM at 7:30 on December 5.

The first concert of the New Year will feature New England songwriter and humorist Bill Staines who will perform at the Fort Hunter Barn in Harrisburg at 7:30 on Saturday, January 15th. Later in January on the 29th local favorites Neidig, Koretzky, Gehret & Campbell will give a concert at 7:30 at Fort Hunter. In February folk music’s “rustic renaissance man”

John McCutcheon will perform at 4 pm Sunday, February 13 at the Yorktowne Hotel. Tired of the cold weather, concert goers will be able to enjoy the sounds of the beautiful tropical islands of Hawaii when Hawaiian slack key guitarist performs with his wife; hula dancer Moana Beamer at 7:30 February 20th at CHUM. In early March the lively French Canadian band De Temps Antan will appear on Sunday, March 6th at the Yorktowne Hotel. Later in the month on 19th New England fiddler Lissa Schneckenburger will perform with Bethany Waickman, in a show to be held at 7:30 pm at the Fort Hunter Barn in Harrisburg. April’s concerts begin on the 9th with flatpick champion and blues performer Mary Flower who will perform at 7:30 pm at the Fort Hunter Barn. The final concert of the season will occur at 7:30 on April 16th and will feature old-time banjo player Paul Brown with Ann Porcella, Bill Schmidt & John Schwab. The concert will be held at the Fort Hunter Barn in Harrisburg.

Concert tickets range between $18 and $25. Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets online at or toll-free (800) 838-3006. For detailed information on the 2010-2011 Concert Series, visit the Susquehanna Folk Music Society web site at or find them on Facebook under “Susquehanna Folk”.

Written by Jess Hayden


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